Our Staff

Program Director

Hi! My name is Mrs. Lexie Cathcart.  I have spent the last 25 years teaching kids in many different settings: gymnastics, dance, preschool, and daycare. I have a passion for working with kids and love to watch them grow help them learn! I started Learning Tree with a mission to give children a place to learn and grow in a creative space that allows them to move and be kids! My husband, John, and I have 3 kids. Zoe 18, Dakota 15, and Katana who is 8 years old. 

I attended Central Michigan University on a full ride gymnastics scholarship. While there, I took many early elementary education classes, but decided to settle on the path of  an art degree with a major in Photography and a minor in Art History. As the years passed and school was a distant memory I found my way back to education! I am passionate about and love working with kids! 


  • Food: Tacos
  • Beverage: Coffee
  • Desert: Anything with lots of chocolate
  • Color: Green
  • Sports: Gymnastics and Hockey
  • Animal: Zebra
  • Quote: Kindness changes everything!
  • Hobbies: Photography, bike riding, gardening, being outside, and reading.



Kindergarten-2nd Grade Teacher

My name is Amber Lewis. I have lived here in the Black Hills for 10 years now. My husband and I love enjoying all the hills have to offer. We have a beautiful 2 year old girl named Pamela (PJ), and a sweet baby boy named Jaxx! We also have two loving boxers who love to run and play in the outdoors. I love the atmosphere that we have here at Learning Tree! The ability to move about the classroom and use the gym space for our learning is so wonderful. I have a passion for working with kids and enjoy seeing their bright smiles everyday when they come to school. I am looking forward to a great year at Learning Tree! 

I attended Black Hills State University. While attending BHSU I studied Early Elementary and Early Childhood Education. In 2018 I graduated from BHSU and started teaching at Learning Tree! I just
love working with kids and sharing my love of learning with them!

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  • Food: Chicken
  • Beverage: Coffee
  • Book: Wonder
  • Color: Purple
  • Sports: Gymnastics 
  • Animal: Dogs and Turtles
  • Quote: Why fit in when you were born to stand out!
  • Hobbies: Crocheting, playing cards and games with my family